GREELEY — Evergreen High School senior Kate Oakes had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she played volleyball at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games.
Oakes, along with nine other girls from across Colorado, came together to form the Blue team on June 12 at the University of Northern Colorado.
The Blue team took third place in the four-team field after conquering the White team three games to one. The Blue team’s wins weren’t easily claimed. The White team had Oakes and her teammates scrambling all over the court in what seemed like a free-for-all.
At 6-foot-1, Oakes stood taller than most of the other opponents on the court and that showed as recorded 23 kills, two blocks and four aces.
“I really enjoyed playing and getting to know all of the girls, both on and off the court. It was actually really great. They welcomed each other with open arms and they were really easy to play with,” Oakes said.
Although she was a bit disappointed that her team didn’t take first place — that honor went to the Red team in a five-game thriller over the Black squad — she was still overwhelmed with gratitude for even having the chance to play at the All-State level.
“I feel like I played pretty well, but there were times that I could have picked it up a bit, but (our success) was the whole team working together,” Oakes said.
“It feels really good (to play in the All-State game), but it’s kinda sad too,” Oakes continued. “It’s sad that high school is over, but it’s good because I am moving on to bigger and better things.”
Oakes plans to attend the University of Denver this fall, where she will continue her volleyball career.